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Posted on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 3:42 am:   

i was playing counterstrike when my computer hanged... so i hard-booted (reboot) my computer, but on restart, the computer beeped once then twice, and nothing appeared on the screen. checking the manual (this is a dell computer), that beep shows that no monitor is connected, or a problem with the video somewhere...
rebooting again didnt help, and i had to revert back to my old built-in AGP card to allow the computer to startup... i assumed that perhaps my voodoo3 card is burnt, so i went out to buy a new card. but after fiiting the new card, the same problem appeared... i then tested the voodoo3 card on another computer, and it worked fine. using the built-in card, i booted my computer, and started windows 98, and i could install the new card i bought, and the control panel showed the presence of my card, and that the drivers and card are working fine...

hence im real puzzled, my card works fine on another computer, and my own computer detects the presence of this card, but when i reboot, my computer just cannot detect its presence. its not a bios problem because i know how to use it to switch from AGP (built-in) to a PCI card slot for the graphics card. i already exhausted all possibilities, and re-tried it many times, using different PCI slots (in case the slot is spoilt), all to no avail...

so can anyone help me? perhaps u might know of a reason why my computer cannot detect the card at start-up, and not later? i just rebooted, and it became like this, i did not mess with any settings prior to that... i have used the voodoo3 pci card sucessfully for almost a year, but the reboot just screwed everything up... pls help me....
V (Vera)
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 8:30 am:   

have you tried this
switch to the standard or original video adapter.
reboot and use the onboard video
remove voodoo drivers
remove software for voodoo card from add/remove programs in control panel
reboot to safe mode,go to device manager, look under display adapters and remove everything but your standard or original display adapter.
reboot and re-install your voodoo card.
maybe this would help if you haven't tried it
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 5:52 pm:   

thanks for replying! well, i did remove most of the drivers, but i think the problem is on the hardware side instead of the software side as during boot-up, the video card is already not recognised, way before windows is even started. it might be a BIOS problem, but i updated my bios, and even restored factory defaults, but all to no avail. using the dell diagnostic disk, it seems like the computer states that the PCI slot occupied by my graphics cards is empty, but if i start windows, the system properties show my card installed and working.

real weird...
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 7:24 pm:   

Have you tried moving the video card to another PCI slot?

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